We wondered earlier this week why Zdeno Chara is still unsigned. There hadn't been many updates over the last week, and general manager Don Sweeney's comments about him have seemed carefully worded so as not to publicly give away his intentions.
Late Thursday, TSN's Pierre LeBrun provided an update after talking to Chara's agent, Matt Keator.
According to LeBrun, Chara signing with another team is actually a possibility, as Keator said they are "looking at all options."
"It is a possibility," LeBrun said. "I mean, I asked his agent Matt Keator on Thursday for an update and specifically asked 'Hey, like I'm hearing that you know, it may not necessarily be Boston as a slam dunk if he decides to play another season.' And Keator's answer was 'looking at all options.'"
LeBrun added that he believes a return to the Bruins is still the most likely outcome, but that other teams have definitely shown interest, and that Chara is in no rush to make a final decision.
"Now, I have to say that the Bruins are probably the frontrunner but other teams keep calling," LeBrun said. "The key thing that Keator said is that Zdeno Chara is in no hurry, he wants to take his time."
LeBrun also suggested that Chara not playing next season remains a possibility, especially if the format winds up being something that he doesn't think would be good for his family, i.e. another bubble scenario that may force him to be on the road and away from his family for a prolonged period of time.
"One thing he mentioned is the format for next season is of particular interest to Chara," LeBrun said. "He's got a young family. There's a lot of factors to consider whether he's jumping back in for another season, depending on how next year looks like. Bottom line is right now big Z is in a holding pattern."